Oral health promotion for high-risk children: case studies from British Columbia

J Can Dent Assoc. 2003 May;69(5):292-6.


Socio-economics, family stress and parenting style each plays as important a role in the development of early childhood caries as dietary and microbiological factors. Therefore, to be successful, oral health promotion initiatives should be designed and implemented with due consideration of issues such as collaboration with community partners, the role of dental health in overall child health and the involvement of the community in program planning. This article briefly describes 3 programs that have been undertaken in British Columbia either as public health initiatives or as demonstration research projects to improve oral health in young children from diverse communities with a high prevalence of early childhood caries.

MeSH terms

  • British Columbia / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • China / ethnology
  • Community Dentistry / methods
  • Community Health Workers
  • Dental Care for Children / organization & administration*
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control*
  • Government Programs
  • Health Education, Dental / methods*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American
  • Infant
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Risk Assessment
  • Social Environment
  • State Government
  • Vietnam / ethnology
  • Vulnerable Populations